You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

St. Martin’s fires up ‘Yes’

Tale of triumph could publish as early as fall 2001

Publishers don’t often buy pitches, but on the basis of one meeting with the author, St. Martin’s Press has paid a substantial five-figure sum for the true tale of a football coach who inspires a group of special ed students to attend NASA space camp.

“Yes We Can” tells of Grand Rapids football coach and special ed teacher Mike Kersjes’ efforts to raise the money to send a group of handicapped and marginalized children to the Huntsville, Ala., camp, where they participated in events such as crash simulations and mock takeoffs. The children eventually set records and were voted camp MVPs.

Kersjes has yet to be matched with a co-writer, but St. Martin’s acquiring editor Joe Veltre envisions a publication date as early as fall 2001.

Kersjes was repped in the deal by Frank Weyman in New York and the Artists Agency’s Micky Freiberg in L.A.

Freiberg also put together the deal for National Aeronautics & Space Administration engineer Homer H. Hickam Jr.’s “Rocket Boys: A Memoir,” which became the Universal feature “October Sky.”

More News

  • Valerian review

    EuropaCorp Posts Half-Year Loss of $83 Million

    Publishers don’t often buy pitches, but on the basis of one meeting with the author, St. Martin’s Press has paid a substantial five-figure sum for the true tale of a football coach who inspires a group of special ed students to attend NASA space camp. “Yes We Can” tells of Grand Rapids football coach and […]

  • Love-Gillian-Jacobs-Paul-Rust

    Judd Apatow's 'Love' to End with Third Season on Netflix

    Publishers don’t often buy pitches, but on the basis of one meeting with the author, St. Martin’s Press has paid a substantial five-figure sum for the true tale of a football coach who inspires a group of special ed students to attend NASA space camp. “Yes We Can” tells of Grand Rapids football coach and […]

  • Erik Huggers Vevo

    Vevo CEO Erik Huggers Is Stepping Down

    Publishers don’t often buy pitches, but on the basis of one meeting with the author, St. Martin’s Press has paid a substantial five-figure sum for the true tale of a football coach who inspires a group of special ed students to attend NASA space camp. “Yes We Can” tells of Grand Rapids football coach and […]

  • 2017-Year-in-Review-Best Albums of the Year

    The 20 Best Albums of 2017

    Publishers don’t often buy pitches, but on the basis of one meeting with the author, St. Martin’s Press has paid a substantial five-figure sum for the true tale of a football coach who inspires a group of special ed students to attend NASA space camp. “Yes We Can” tells of Grand Rapids football coach and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content